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Critical Praise

Beautifully written, BY FIRE, BY WATER is a powerful story of religion, love and violence --- timeless themes honed by Kaplan into an enthralling narrative that doesn't let up until the last sentence.

—Simon Read, author of WAR OF WORDS

Debut novelist Kaplan…Deftly moves through a complex web of personal relationships, religious zeal and political fervor.


Kaplan has done remarkable homework on the period and crafted a convincing and complex figure in Santángel in what is a naturally cinematic narrative and a fine debut.

Publishers Weekly